Pronunciation: (u-prOOv'), [key]
—v., -proved, -prov•ing.
1. to speak or think favorably of; pronounce or consider agreeable or good; judge favorably: to approve the policies of the administration.
2. to consent or agree to: Father approved our plan to visit Chicago.
3. to confirm or sanction formally; ratify: The Senate promptly approved the bill.
a. to demonstrate; show.
b. to make good; attest.
c. to prove by trial.
d. to convict.
to speak or consider favorably (sometimes fol. by of): Mother didn't approve of him. The boss wouldn't approve of the plan. He said that he approved.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.